You have to stop a lot. Fresh Water Rivers Narrated Hawaiian History & Legends. You will pass through the town Honokaa along the Hamakua Coast. Might wanna ad that Waipio valley is a small community, not a tourist destination. See the wild horses. Getting down inside of the Waipio Valley is a little trickier. STATS: Where: Waipio Valley trailhead – … It’s one of the reasons why I love this island so much. The tour is 1.5-2 hours total – plenty of time to enjoy the valley. Not sure how far someone else more knowledgeable and brave would/could go, but we just stopped and went back. It's also a lookout point which is nice because on a good sunny day, you can take great pictures of the mountain with pretty waterfall coming out of the mountain. Once you reach the bottom of the valley, there is a fork in the road. Just be respectful, kind, and avoid eye contact with the locals if possible unless they approach you. Drive slowly in the valley because you will see little kids running around. But going up will be quite the workout. There are signs that tell of ancient burial grounds and asking visitors to please show respect. While I absolutely LOVE leaf-peeping season, Emerald Lake Trail, one of the most gorgeous hikes, Hopping on the fall bandwagon. Jimmy and I stayed on the closer side and played while Nate decided to cross it and venture out to the rest of the beach area. The way up...challenging even for those that are in great shape. Many horses survived the tsunami but were abandoned by their owners. The falls are located below the Waipio Valley Overlook parking area and visible from the beach! Jimmy enjoyed playing near the river and “catching fish.” There were the tiniest little guppies swimming around. A local fisherman catching his fish dinner from the ocean. The sun is intense in Hawaii, so protect your skin. Waipio was home to Hawaiian royalty in ancient times and today the secluded beach is a great place to relax. Only four-wheel-drive vehicles can drive down into Waipio Valley. However, I wouldn’t recommend it. Once in the valley, we must of cross about seven streams with the shuttle. I hope you enjoyed reading about our visit to the Waipio Valley. We got lunch at a grass-fed local hamburger place called Village Burger in a shopping center there. When you first arrive, there's a parking lot at the top of the hill. It is so diverse! There is plenty of parking at the overlook – which is the beginning of the trail. If you don’t have 4WD you shouldn’t attempt to go down this road. Experience Hawai'i Big Island Helicopter... Pu'uhonua O Honaunau National Historical Park. From Hilo take Route 19 north and turn right onto Route 240 to Waipio Valley. We saw a guy sun bathing in a lawn chair in front of his house. We decided to do the hike to the beach and bottom of falls. The road is steep enough to destroy brakes on the way down, with some 45% grade sections. Make sure to bring your camera!